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[puh-roh-tik, -rot-ik]
adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. situated about or near the ear.
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Origin of parotic

1855–60; < New Latin parōticus < Greek par- par- + ōtikós of the ear; see oto-, ic
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Examples from the Web for parotic

Historical Examples

  • Parotidī′tis, Parotī′tis, inflammation of the parotic gland.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


  • The cranium is strongly ossified, and there are no parotic processes or interparietal foramen.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for parotic


  1. situated near the ear
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin paroticus, from Greek para- 1 (near) + -oticus, from ous ear
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parotic in Medicine


  1. Near or beside the ear.
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